SoundHound got a pretty interesting update today, that's now available on the Google Play Store. You can now use your voice to control music on your device. Similar to the voice control included in Google Now, all you have to do is say "OK Hound" and then tell it what song or artist you'd like it to play. Using your voice, you can tell SoundHound to play a track in Spotify, or to play music from a specific artist in Google Play Music, or using another streaming music service.
As expected, you can do more than just playing music with your voice. You can also search and discover music with the new voice controls. You can find that song that might be playing on the radio that you want to know what it is. You can also discover information about an artist. Maybe you've never heard of The Weeknd, you can use SoundHound to tell you more about him. Or, do you want to know your favorite artists' latest song? Just say "OK Hound, what is Flo Rida's latest song?" And SoundHound will let you know.
In a lot of cases, it may just be easier to have the song play by navigating through the UI and doing it by hand. But using your voice can be especially useful when you're driving. As this will keep your attention on the road, instead of in SoundHound's application. SoundHound is a popular app for finding out what a specific song is, as well as playing music across a bevy of different music services that you may have installed on your smartphone or tablet. SoundHound is a free app, and it does allow you to use it as much as you want – there are no time limits whatsoever. However there are some banner ads included in SoundHound's app. But you can go ad-free with SoundHound ∞, which is a one-time fee of $5.99 (for the app).
That's about all that is new here in the update to SoundHound. Of course it is full of the usual bug fixes and performance enhancements. So it's definitely worth downloading from the Play Store if you do use SoundHound. If not, it's still worth giving it a run.